GOP governors resist healthcare overhaul

Nov. 7, 2010 at 2:25 PM
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Two leading Republican governors said Sunday they are working to block the federal healthcare law in their states.

Tim Pawlenty, the outgoing governor of Minnesota, said on CNN's "State of the Union," "I think Obamacare is one of the worst pieces of legislation passed in the modern history of the country. I'm doing everything I can in Minnesota to stop, delay or avoid its implementation in my state, including signing an executive order saying we're not going to participate unless required by law or approved by me."

Rick Perry, just re-elected governor of Texas, said, "What's not penetrated really through to the public yet is the cost of this. … Once you see the cost, it's kind of like, you know what, we can't afford that, so let's look at something else."

Perry, who has suggested that Texas withdraw from Medicaid, said, "I've told Washington no two times on unemployment insurance, $550 million, and also a billion-dollar plus program called Race to the Top on education. We told them no. Let us in the states come up with the ideas."

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